Bakhmut remains ‘epicentre’ of combat, Ukraine’s armed forces say
Fighting is continuing in Bakhmut, Ukraine’s armed forces have said in their morning update after Russia claimed to have completed the “liberation” of the eastern city over the weekend. Confusion has reigned as Ukrainian officials rejected the claims.
“[In Bakhmut] the enemy continues to lead offensive actions. Fighting for the city of Bakhmut continues,” the armed forces said, adding that over the past day Russian forces had “unsuccessfully tried to recover lost positions south of the [nearby] settlement of Ivanivske”. Russia had also carried out air strikes on Bakhmut.
It has been impossible to verify the conflicting statements over the devastated city, which has assumed symbolic importance as a measure of which side has the resilience to prevail in the war overall.
Here’s our full report on the back-and-forth by Peter Beaumont and Julian Borger:
Updated at 01.11 EDT
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This article was written by Martin Belam (now) and Helen Livingstone (earlier) and originally published on www.theguardian.com